Goals for 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

2017 came and went. Last year was a whirlwind of the good, the bad, and the ugly and I learned a lot about my strengths and weaknesses. In addition, I learned a lot of life lessons along the way. Last year, I completed my senior year of nursing school, which was, without a doubt, one of the hardest years in school. I felt a lot of pressure to perform well in school, and was constantly stressed that I wouldn't graduate. Despite all my struggles, I finally graduated from nursing school, went on to pass my NCLEX, and started my first job as a Registered Nurse. In 2017, I also moved to Virginia, got my first apartment, and started paying my own bills. Although 2017 had its ups and its downs, I am glad the year is over, and I am more than excited to take on a new year. This year, I wanted to share some of my goals & resolutions for the upcoming year.

  1. Be more in the present - I have a bad habit of focusing on the past. I let it impact decisions I make, how I treat others, and let it cloud my emotions. This year, I am making it a goal of mine to focus more on the present. I want to live more in the moment, and focus less on what has happened in the past. As Drake once said, "you only live once," and as silly as it sounds, it is true. We truly only live once, and I want to live my life being more in the present. The past is in the past for a reason, and in the new year, I plan on leaving it there.
  2. Focus more on my health - One of my biggest resolutions in 2018 is to focus more on my mental and physical health. Last year, I did not focus on my health as much as I would have liked to. I let my anxiety and depression get the best of me, and felt unhappy most of the year. I did not spend enough time on myself or my mental health. I was constantly anxious and stressed about minor things. This year, I want to take more time to make sure I focus more on my mental health more. No more letting my anxiety and depression get the best of me. I also want to focus more on my physical health. I have been trying for a while to lose some weight, and have not had any luck. After a while of trying, and not seeing any progress, I give up. This time around, even if I have a bad day, I am going to keep going. I know it is going to take a while for me to lose the weight, and is going to take a lot of strength, but I am going to try my best.
  3. Do more of what makes me happy - Last year, I missed out on a lot of great opportunities because I was afraid of trying new things.
    In the new year, I have decided that I am not going to hold back. If I want to try something new, I'm going to do it. If I want to travel somewhere, I'm going to go there. If I want to buy something I have been lusting for, I am going to buy it. Not holding back in 2018.
  4. Get rid of my junk - I have way too much stuff that I never use. In 2018 I am going to try and get rid of as much of that stuff as I can. I've been trying to sell a bunch of my stuff on Mercari and Poshmark. To make room for new things, I need to get rid of the old first.
  5. Save more money - I have a really bad habit of spending way more money than I should. In 2018, I want to try to save more money, and only spend money on the things I really need like bills, gas, rent, groceries etc. and put the rest into a savings account. My goal
    is to save at least $4,000 by the end of the year. I've started using a budgeting app, which has really helped me stay on track. I can plan how much I want to spend on different things like gas, food, restaurants, and extra spending. Seeing that I only have a certain amount of money to spend, and how close I am to reaching that limit helps me to stay on track which means more money is saved.

19 comments:

  1. Wow! These are my goals too! This post was inspiring

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  2. These are great goals! I'd love a post in 6 months/a year to see how you got on!

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    1. Thank you! I love that idea, I'll keep that in mind!

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  3. How funny, I have a bad habit focusing on the future. I worry all the time. I should definitely live in the present more.

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    1. Trust me I do too, which is why it is a habit I'm trying to kick this year! I feel like I have a lot less anxiety when I worry less about the future, and focus more on the present!

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  4. Getting rid of my junk is HUGE for me this year!

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    1. I'm glad we share the same goal! It feels so good to declutter!

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  5. These are awesome goals for the year. I love your goal of saving a specific amount of money!

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    1. Thank you! I find that I stick to saving money better if I pick a particular amount I want to save!

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  6. Great goals! I need to focus more on my health, too.

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    1. Thank you! Focusing on my health is one of my biggest goals for this year! I think it is always a good goal.

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  7. Awesome goals! I'm all about doing the things that make me happy! And YES to getting rid of junk + saving more money!

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    1. whoops accidentally deleted my comment. Original: I can totally relate to you with these goals. Good luck, hope you achieve them!

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  9. I think doing what you love is so important. I left a teaching career because it was no longer serving me. Now I am happier than ever!

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    1. I agree 100%. I find I enjoy doing things so much more when it is actually something that I love doing. Good for you! You have to do what is best for you and your happiness!

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